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Fiction Coming Of Age


Penguin Modern Classics Edition

by (author) Frank Parker Day

Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
Aug 2020
Coming of Age, Action & Adventure, Classics
  • Audio disc

    Publish Date
    Apr 2005
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2020
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  • CD-Audio

    Publish Date
    Sep 2017
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The timeless novel of Nova Scotia's South Shore

A dreamy, optimistic, and youthful David Jung comes to claim his small share of the harsh domain of Rockbound, an island currently governed by the righteous and rapacious Uriah Jung. As David tries to find his way in a narrow and controlled world, he struggles for survival against his many conflicts and enemies: the sea, his own behavior, his best friend Gershom Born, the secret love he has for his teacher Mary Dauphiny, and--inevitably--his Jung relatives and their greedy ambitions for money and power.
Rockbound is enormously evocative in the power, terror, and dramatic beauty of the Atlantic sea; unrelenting in its portrait of back-breaking labour, cunning bitterness, and family strife; and, most prominently, an incredible story of many passions--love, pride, greed, and yearning--and the rocky landscape of the human spirit.

About the author

Born the son of a Methodist minister in 1881, Frank Parker Day spent his youth among the fishing communities of Nova Scotia's south shore. A Rhodes scholar, he taught English literature at the University of New Brunswick, taking active service with the Canadian army during World War I and retiring as president of Union College, Schenectedy in 1927. He wrote three novels, River of Strangers (1926), Rockbound (1928), and John Paul's Rock (1932), in addition to The Autobiography of a Fisherman in 1927. He died in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in 1950.

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